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Pakistan Officials Say They've Killed School Massacre Planner

Military officials said they've killed a man named Saddam, an orchestrator of the attacks, multiple outlets reported.

Posted on December 27, 2014, at 2:11 a.m. ET

A man places a rose after lighting candles on Dec. 19 in front of portraits of the victims of the Taliban attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar.
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A man places a rose after lighting candles on Dec. 19 in front of portraits of the victims of the Taliban attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar.

The Pakistani military said it killed one of the masterminds behind the Army Public School massacre earlier this month that killed at least 132 children, multiple media outlets reported.

Shahab Ali Shah, head of police administration in Khyber, said security forces raided an area and had a gun battle with Saddam, a militant commander and his associates, CBS News reported.

Saddam, the official said, helped plan the Peshawar massacre, CBS reported. Six of his aides were also killed.

The Washington Post called Saddam a Taliban commander. The Taliban took responsibility for the school attack.

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